WATCH | Mahmood Mahmood, a 17-year-old Iraqi refugee, is running to help others like him
"Run for Refugees"
Just one day before the race, Mahmood spoke to Circa about the excitement of participating in Sunday's "Run for Refugees," an annual event whose proceeds go to assist resettled immigrants with food, education and job training.
This year's annual race is the first to sell out in 10 years. Mahmood said he's overwhelmed by the support that's poured in since President Trump signed an executive order suspending immigration from seven Muslim majority countries.
Mahmood's brother was suspected of being a spy because he was a translator for the US Army, making things difficult for Mahmood's family to resettle in the US.
He said his family barely escaped with their lives. But, after nearly two years of background checks, the charitable organization, the Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services, helped them acclimate to their new lives in New Haven, Conn.
It makes me feel good to see so many American people who really like refugees
Paying it forward
Mahmood said he's forever grateful, and is participating in the annual "Run for Refugees" to pay it forward.
There's a march, too
Since the "Run for Refugees" is sold out, volunteers have organized a march following the run.
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Proceeds continue to rise
The event's Crowdrise page continues to receive donations. The IRIS said the funds will help provide resettled refugees with food, clothing, housing, job training and education.
NYC Run For Refugees
A woman in New York City organized a race to help because she was unable to attend the one in New Haven. If you'd like to organize your own, volunteer, or donate, visit www.IRISCT.org.